FAQ's....

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by ArizonaLawman, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. ArizonaLawman

    ArizonaLawman New Member

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    Okay all....I have been getting a LOT of questions via PM so I thought I'd put a "HERE'S WHY I DO IT" post here.

    Do you carry spare magazines? Yes. Always. The magazine is the "weak link" in any auto pistol...having a spare is just good common sense. A fast mag change is a FAST REPAIR.

    How many spare magazines do you carry? I carry two spares. Not because I think I am going to need them or be in a protracted gun battle...though it MAY happen. I carry two spares becasue they balance the weight of the gun on the off-side, and it eases strain on your back.

    Do you carry a BUG? Yes. About 99.9% of the time, I have my primary and a BUG. A second gun is a great form of life insurance.

    What kind of holster do you use? MOST of the time, I carry OWB in a pancake style that fully covers the frame/triggerguard but allows a full fighting grip on the grip. Any other time, I am carrying IWB in a snap-closure holster. All my holsters are horse-hide made for me by a retired officer.

    Can I shoot someone with a knife? No. You can stab or cut them with a knife, but you can't shoot them with a knife. However, if someone is ARMED WITH A KNIFE AND THREATENING YOU (generally within 21ft as the Tueller Rule is recognized) you may use your defensive handgun to end that threat.

    Can you shoot at a person fleeing in a car? Generally, I would say "NO" to that. It is one of those that really depends upon the circumstances. If the continued flight of the subject presented such a grave danger to the community as a whole, an argument might be successfully made for shooting at the fleeing car. Generallty though, as a civilian...it's not a good idea.

    What kind of ammo do you use? Any quality JHP defensive round from a good manufacturer will work. I really like FEDERAL ammo across the board. I have found it to be most accurate (for me) and feeds even in some finicky Non-Glocks.

    More to come
     
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I was confused about the knife question at first, then I ended up laughing.
     

  3. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    [ame=http://youtu.be/OrlzBj2lIJg]Spetsnaz Ballistic Knife or Pilum Knife - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame=http://youtu.be/vW3ZBLlPz_c]NRS shooting knife - YouTube[/ame]

    Just sayin. :D
     
  4. ArizonaLawman

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  5. trip286

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  6. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    It is my understanding that spring-loaded knives are a no-no, though a recent "reality" show included a bit on making a black powder-powered version that was supposedly legal.
     
  7. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I looked it up on Wikipedia, which I consider to be an unreliable source, and according to what they have posted it falls under the AOW category under the NFA and is legal. But that leaves the state laws to research and find what they have to say about it.
     
  8. ArizonaLawman

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    Spring Loaded Knives: They are locale-dependant. In Arizona, they are not prohibited. BUT....that is one of those things you better check out with local statute. For the most part you CAN ask Officer Friendly...if he doesn't know what a prohibited weapon is in HIS jurisdiction...he's a mess anyway.
     
  9. ArizonaLawman

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    "Do you like the 9mm?" Yes. With premium defensive ammunition, the 9mm is MORE THAN CAPABLE of effective self defense. Though my USUAL daily carry pistol is a Glock 22RTF with a GLock 27 4th Gen as a BUG...I do, and will continue to carry a 9mm on occaision and NOT feel undergunned.
     
  10. JonM

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    a blackpowder knife is still illegal if your state prohibits spring loaded. it falls under the reasonable man test. and yes its an nfa aow. but like machine guns destructive devices short barrel rifles or suppressors they have to be allowed in your state. the way the batfe sees things here lately items need to be explicitly allowed. its perfectly fine to sell weapons to drug dealers but not to honest citizens...
     
  11. ArizonaLawman

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    How many rounds do YOU shoot in your class? I seldom, if ever shoot in my classes...for a couple of reasons. My classes are NOT about what I can do with a pistol. They are about teaching my students to be the best they can. If I shoot the El Prez in 3 seconds, and the best a student can do is 8 seconds...what have I taught them? I have shot El Prez literally thousands of times, and after having done it...of course I am going to do it pretty darned quick. I will shoot IF a student is having accuracy issues with their pistol and I cannot SEE a technique problem...then I will shoot their gun to verify zero and correct as neccessary. I have seen too many instructors who use their class as a "Looky here what I can do" session, and I think that is stealing time the student has paid for. If it doesn't benefit the student, I don't do it.

    Do you feel the El Presidente is a good tactical drill? Not so much. What it IS good for is giving me a quantifiable basline of three skills. Draw stroke, reloading while engaged, and shooting. I show them from their first time shooting the drill, then their last time shooting the drill at the eld of class, and the class can see marked improvement.

    Do you ever do bodyguard work? Yes. But only for people who allow a background check. I won't work for scumbags.

    How can I get into bodyguard work? First you have to realize, the first job of a personal security person is to AVOID trouble. If you have a hardass mentality, you are doing your client no service. Bodyguard work is 99.99% boredom, and the rest is usually walking! A background in LE is a good start.

    Do cops really have a ticket quota? NO...we can write as many as we want to! Seriously, unless you work a TRAFFIC detail you don't have a quota. Even motor officers have a guideline based upon statistics of how many cites they SHOULD be able to write on a given day during given hours. Some departments MAY have quotas, but they are urban legends as far as I am concerned.
     
  12. chasbo00

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    [quote="ArizonaLawman']
    If I shoot the El Prez in 3 seconds,...
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    How fast can you shoot the El Prez?
     
  13. ArizonaLawman

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    Damned sure not 3 seconds! I should have been more clear when I was typing that..it was a ridiculous fast speed to illustrate the relationship of a "looky what I can do" on something you've done a zillion times versus what someone new to that drill can do. Basically an instructor showing off on the range.

    I can consistently run El Prez 9.5 - 10.5 seconds with good hits.
     
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  14. trip286

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    Are you evading the question? :) Come on, how fast can you shoot it? I've never even attempted it, haven't done any competitive shooting at all. Want to though.
     
  15. chasbo00

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    Todd Jarrett can run it about twice as fast as I can on steel.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQhXkvAVV78]Todd Jarrett Shooting Record (El Presidente) - YouTube[/ame]